Portraits of a Cormorant

I got over to Woods Mill today, the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. It was quiet on the small lake, and the fringes are heavily overgrown so very few people were spending any time by the water, which was all the better for me. There was a lone cormorant on the lake, doing very little. These shots were taken over a three hour period. Someone did say that they thought the bird had been injured, and that it is recuperating at Woods Mill. That may be the case, but it certainly looked in good shape (and a lazy cormorant is not that uncommon!) Anyway, some pix…

Cormorant swimming in the lake at Woods Mill, Sussex

Cormorant swimming in the lake at Woods Mill, Sussex

Cormorant at Woods Mill, Sussex

I shot this through foliage, which produced an awful green tinge. I’ve desaturated the greens which leaves this semi-b&w shot. I’ve upped the yellow on the beak.

Cormorant at Woods Mill, Sussex

I think this may be a coot’s nest that it’s standing on, among the lily pads.

Cormorant at Woods Mill, Sussex

More of the same!

Cormorant at Woods Mill, Sussex

Later on, from the far side of the lake… balancing on a branch.

Cormorant at Woods Mill, Sussex

This one looks like a chimp in a cormorant suit!

Cormorant at Woods Mill, Sussex

Feather preening (and proof that a spirit level in the 7D2’s view finder is incredibly useful)

Cormorant at Woods Mill, Sussex

Cormorant resting… let’s call it a day!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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2 Comments

  1. Darko August 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    A proof that being lazy is good for body and soul, sometimes:D

    • Words August 20, 2015 at 11:06 pm #

      Can I quote you on that! 😀